Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of no fewer than 70 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has re-elected Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to represent Persons with Disability (PWDs) in its steering committee.
Ms Florence Attah, Programme Assistant, CCD, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja stating that the group emerged winners with 47 votes against its opponent, the Albino Foundation.
“CCD has emerged winner in the situation room PWDs representation category with 47 votes against 6 votes of the Albino foundation.
“CCD led by its Executive Director, David Obinna Anyaele, defeated Mr. Jake Epelle of the Albino Foundation during the Situation Room general retreat which took place in Abuja.
“The re-election of CCD into the steering committee of the situation room is a re-validation of CCD’s credibility, integrity and capability to represent Nigerians with disabilities and Organisations of PWDs.
“It is also an authentication that CCD has made great impact on elections matters relating to PWDs through its campaign on equal voting access for PWDs,” she said.
Attah said that the re-election of CCD to represent PWDs was also an appreciation of the efforts by the group in promoting inclusive society that was free from discrimination on the grounds of disability.
Mr Samson Ezenwa of Partners for Electoral Reform lauded the efforts of the group and its leadership in championing disability matters in the country and in ensuring the passage of the National Disability Act.
According to him, the re-election of the group signifies that Nigerians know who is doing what and they would stand behind any organisation or government that is doing well in all standards.
Others elected as members of the Steering Committee include: Ms Esther Uzoma, the Executive Director, Proactive Gender as the New Convener of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Abuja – Secretariat.
Young Innovators and Vocational Training Initiative (YIVTI), Mac-Jim Foundation, NISD, African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, ROLAAC, Kimpact Youth Initiative, EDOSCSO an NGO, Grassroot Mobilization-DAC, Women Rights and Environment Program(WREP), Action Aid Nigeria, CDD, Cleen Foundation among others.
Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room is a coalition of over 70 civil society organisations that monitor Nigeria’s electoral process and elections across the country.
Situation Room undertakes regular analysis and dissemination of information on major developments and events relating to the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
It supports coordination and synergy amongst election stakeholders and its focal objectives include to improve the quality of Nigeria’s electoral system.
It is also to strengthen civil society organisations’ capacity to better engage and monitor the electoral process. (NAN)